Owen Paterson: Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson’s government of ‘corruption’ after vote to protect MP from suspension

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Owen Paterson: Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson’s government of ‘corruption’ after vote to protect MP from suspension


Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of “corruption” and “synonymous with sordid, shady deals and hypocrisy” following a vote to protect Tory MP Owen Paterson from suspension.

The MP for North Shropshire faced a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons for ‘repeatedly’ breaking lobbying rules over his paid consultancy work on behalf of clinical diagnostics firm Randox and Lynn’s Country Foods , a meat processor and distributor.

For his part, Mr. Paterson said he “would not hesitate” to do the same “tomorrow”.

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Paterson: “I would not hesitate to do it again”

Conservative MPs have been told not to support the all-party standards committee’s call to suspend it.

But 98 abstained and 13 rebelled after being ordered to vote instead on an amendment to establish a new Conservative-led committee to look into Mr Paterson’s case and review the entire process. standardization.

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“Shame”: MPs vote against the suspension of the former minister

However, the move was adopted with a majority of 18 votes and since then a number of political figures have responded to the result.

When the result was announced, there were cries of “shame” and “what have you done in this place” in the Commons.

Following the move, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the government of “corruption” and “wallowing in sordid”.

He told the Guardian: “I’m sick of people bypassing the call for what it is: corruption. Paterson was receiving money from a private company to ask questions on his behalf.

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‘Wallowing in misery’

He added that “the Conservatives’ plan is to permanently weaken the structures that keep MPs to high standards” and that instead of “trying to fix things, we have a government that wants to put things back together. “.

He also told the publication, “the rot begins to stop” and “we have a Prime Minister whose name is synonymous with sleazy, shady deals and hypocrisy.”

Her comments come as Guildford MP Angela Richardson announced she had stepped down as parliamentary assistant to Michael Gove after the vote.

Making the announcement on Twitter, she said: “I abstained on the Leadsom amendment today, knowing my job was in danger, but it was a matter of principle for me. “

Father of the House Sir Peter Bottomley was one of the Tory MPs who declined to support the decision to consider tearing up the standards system amid Mr Paterson’s affair.

“We have chosen the system that we are currently using,” he said. “If we want to consider changing it, we do it appropriately instead of seeing it as we are now. “

Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, Angela Rayner, said the party “will not participate in any fictitious processes or corrupt committees”, with the Liberal Democrats and the SNP also confirming that they will boycott the committee set up to examine the standardization process.

Despite the backlash, Mr Paterson defended his actions to Sky News, claiming that he would have “no doubt” to act in the same way again.

He was admitted to breaking the rules on behalf of Randox by making three representations to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) regarding antibiotic testing in milk in 2016 and 2017.

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The ex-minister defends lobbying for money

Following a two-year investigation, the parliamentary commissioner for standards said Mr Paterson had broken the rule banning paid advocacy by taking several steps with the ministries and ministers of both companies.

On behalf of Lynn’s Country Foods, Mr. Paterson broke the rules by making seven representations to the FSA in 2017 and 2018 and did not declare his interest as a paid consultant to the FSA in four emails between 2016 and 2018.

But Mr Paterson, who served as environment secretary from 2012 to 2014, denies the allegations, saying he raised very serious concerns about food contamination and accused Commissioner Kathryn Stone of having him confessed that she had “made up her mind” before the allegations were made and none of her 17 witnesses were questioned.

He also claimed that the investigation “undoubtedly played a major role” in the suicide of his wife, Rose Paterson, in June of last year.

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